Ethan Carter III continued his unbeaten streak in singles competition, with victory in a Texas Death Match against Bully Ray at the Slammiversary pay-per-view.
Following his induction into the TNA Hall of Fame – alongside Devon as part of Team 3D – Ray was back in the ring, bull rope in hand, aiming to tick off another name on his ‘tables hit-list’.
He began the match on top, tossing Carter over the ropes and out to the floor, before answering the fans chants for a table by sliding one out from under the ring. He proceeded to rearrange the arena, moving the announcer’s desk to allow for two side-by-side tables at ring side, before he ripped back the ring matting to reveal the wooden boards below. A third table was propped up against the opposing corner of the ring.
Carter recovered, smacking Ray across the back with a steel chair.
He attempted to follow up by charging into Bully with the chair in hand, but he was met with a boot to the face. Ray forced Carter back into the corner and worked him over with chops.
Ray grabbed a cheese grater, running it over Carter’s chest. EC3 again fought back by using the chair, but Ray responded by suplexing his opponent onto the steel. Ray attempted to go for a power-bomb on the exposed wood but Rockstar Spud made the save, hitting Bully with a kendo stick. Unfazed, Ray pulled the stick out of Spud’s hands before slamming him to the floor.
Carter used the distraction to slam Ray into the wooden boards, with Bully barely able to get to his feet before the ten-count. EC3 then poured shards of glass onto the floor and jumped at Ray from the ropes. Ray countered, catching him in mid-air with a Bubba Cutter and throwing his opponent into the shards.
This time, it was Carter who struggled to his feet. Ray followed up with a kendo stick and rolled him onto the ringside tables. Ray went to the apron, ready to finish the job, but Dixie came out to make the save. Ray abandoned the match to chase Dixie round the ring. Dixie and Ethan collided, with Ray brushing off the latter and laying out the company president on the tables.
Ray again went to the apron, but EC3 was up in time to make the save, hitting Ray with the kendo stick. Spud pulled Dixie to safety as Ray crashed through the tables. The referee counted ten, and Carter got the victory.
The Slammiversary event, which marked the twelfth anniversary of the TNA Wrestling franchise, first aired on Sunday 15th June in the US, before the show aired for the first time in the UK on Wednesday.
Critics were refreshingly positive about the show, praising the re-schedule main event: which saw the winners of the Austin Aries vs. Kenny King and Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe matches offered a shot at the World Title in place of the injured MVP. Both the X Division title match and the guest appearance of the Von Erich family also received widespread admiration and approval.
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