Mr. Anderson defeated Bully Ray in a winner takes all no disqualification match, knocking out his former Aces & Eights colleague with his own iconic hammer before pinning him to the canvas.
In front of a watching crowd at the top of the ramp that included several members of the TNA franchise such as former Main Event Mafia members Magnus, Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle, Anderson fought back from a difficult start to the match to finally dispatch the team he was once a part of.
The duo, who agreed on the match a week earlier, knew the high stakes of the match with defeat for Ray meaning he would be forced to disband his club, while Anderson was putting his TNA career on the line.
Elsewhere at the event known as Turning Point, Bobby Roode and Magnus joined Jeff Hardy and Angle in the world heavyweight championship tournament semi-finals, defeating James Storm and Samoa Joe respectively.
Former tag-team partners Magnus and Joe fought in a falls count anywhere match and it was the Brit, the only wrestler in the tournament without a world title, that emerged victorious.
Joe looked set to claim victory when he caught Magnus in a submission hold on the outside of the ring, but Magnus managed to break the hold and stagger back against a chair he had set up between the ropes in the nearest corner.
The Samoan went for the finisher as he charged towards his opponent, but Magnus managed to step out of the way at the final moment and Joe crashed head first into the chair. With the one-time world champion out cold, Magnus picked up the win via pin-fall and will now meet Angle in the tournament semi-final.
Roode was also struggling during the early stages of his match with Storm in a match-up that also paired two former tag-team partners. The match was a Florida death match – as requested by Storm at the start of the night. Storm requested the upgrade from a bull-rope match after Roode attacked him in a bar the night before their quarter final.
The turning point came when Roode pulled out a beer bottle from underneath the ring, reminiscent of his world title fight with Storm in 2011. With no submissions or pin falls, the only way for a wrestler to lose the match was to fail to answer a referee's ten count. Roode proceeded to attack Storm using chairs and a steel crutch, but each time the Cowboy somehow hauled himself back to his feet.
It was only when Roode emerged from the underside of the ring with a board laced with barbed wire that one bystander considered it too much to watch. Gunner, Storm’s most recent tag-team partner, raced to ringside and threw in the towel, just as Roode was poised to drop the Cowboy onto the board. The victorious Roode will face Hardy in his semi-final.
Elsewhere, Gail Kim emerged victorious from her second open challenge to any woman outside of the TNA company – defeating Candice Larea by pin. Ethan Carter III beat wrestling ‘legend’ Shark Boy to maintain his undefeated record and Abyss failed to emerge to meet his challenge from brother Joseph Park, who left the stage to the mocking of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, who have been feuding with Park over the last month.
But it was Anderson’s defeat of Ray that was the big story. Ray’s remaining Aces & Eights associate Knux attempted to come to his President’s aid, but he was the victim of a pile-drive into the floor and had his club jacket stripped off his back.
Back in the ring, Ray drove Anderson threw a table, reminiscent of their previous meeting, but this time Bully only managed a two count. Brooke attempted to throw Ray his hammer, but overshot the effort and handed the weapon to Anderson instead. He needed no further invitation, bringing it crashing down over the head of Ray.
A triumphant Anderson punched the air, Aces & Eights remaining jackets in hand as a delighted crowd applauded their new hero.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU