Beer Money Inc. were victorious on their return last night, with the duo of James Storm and Bobby Roode defeating Gunner and Bully Ray in their first match together for two and a half years.
Bully Ray and Storm started the match, with the former taking charge and tagging in Gunner. Roode also entered the match, but Gunner was able to keep control and swap places with Ray for the second time.
Roode and Storm then double teamed Bully and cut the ring in half to keep him away from his corner as Beer Money enjoyed their biggest period of dominance.
Ray eventually got Gunner back into the match, and the pair combined to take control once again – Gunner mimicking Devon during several moves that were made iconic by Team 3D.
On instruction from Ray, Gunner dragged out a table from underneath the ring, placing it at ringside. But it was Bully who ended up crashing through it, as Roode – who had been laid out on the table – rolled away at the last moment as Ray jumped from the canvas.
This left Gunner defenceless, and Storm hit him with the Last Call Super Kick while his attention was focused on Roode. The Cowboy followed up with the pin, and Beer Money completed their winning return.
The match provides the perfect build-up for Sunday’s Sacrifice pay-per-view, when Bully Ray takes on Bobby Roode in a tables match, and James Storm faces Gunner in an “I Quit” match, where one man will have to concede victory to the other.
Roode’s disagreement with Bully Ray dates back to last month’s Lockdown pay-per-view, when Ray cost Roode’s team victory in the Lethal Lockdown match, and with it his chance of becoming a 10% owner of the company.
Storm and Gunner have been feuding since last year, and can perhaps be dated as far back as last October’s Bound for Glory event, when the duo lost their TNA World Tag Team titles to the Bro Mans. Gunner then angered the Cowboy by throwing in the towel during his match against Roode in the World Title tournament. And their relationship finally reached its end when both wrestlers entered the Feast or Fired event, and Gunner clambered over Storm to retrieve the briefcase that proved to hold a World Title shot.
From June to September 2011, Roode and Storm were two of the twelve participants in the Bound for Glory Series to determine the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
When the group stage of the tournament concluded, both of them finished in the top four and thus advanced to the finals at No Surrender along with Bully Ray and Gunner. Storm was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Ray via disqualification, while Roode defeated Gunner via submission to set up a tiebreaker match against Ray later in the event, in which Roode managed to pick up the win via pin-fall.
Roode was pinned by Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory, after the referee failed to notice his arm under the ropes or Angle using the ropes for leverage. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, after it was revealed that Roode was not eligible for a rematch with Angle, new authority figure Sting gave the next title shot to James Storm, who was successful against the five-time Champion.
On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Roode defeated Storm to win the title, after hitting him with his own beer bottle. Strom held the title for just eight days.
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