Angelina Love retained her Knockouts Title with a typically controversial victory over challenger Gail Kim, which featured interference from both Velvet Sky and referee Brian Stiffler.
Kim, chasing her fourth Knockouts Title, struck first against the six-time Champion, nailing a running forearm for a one count.
The pair followed up with a trade of blows, Gail eventually coming off the ropes for an attempted hurricanrana, which Love countered – turning Kim’s offensive move into a power-bomb and a two count.
More back and forth led to an Angelina side-slam and a two count. Kim was then forced out to the floor, where Velvet continued the beat down. Love joined in, attacking her distracted opponent from behind.
Kim countered by whipping Love into the steel steps before taking the match back into the ring. She attempted to follow up with an attack from the top rope, but Love knocked her off balance and struck with an inverted bulldog from the corner for a two count.
As has become synonymous with the recent Beautiful People matches, Velvet clambered onto the apron and sprayed Gail in the face with hairspray. Once again, the supposedly infatuated referee Stiffler ignored the illegal attack. Kim turned into a Botox Injection from Love, but surprisingly managed to kick out at two.
Senior referee Earl Hebner raced down to ringside, angrily ordering Velvet back up the ramp and arguing with Stiffler. With Stiffler also dismissed from the match, Hebner tagged himself in as the new referee, just as Kim nailed a clothesline, a dropkick, and then a neckbreaker for a two count.
A cross-body from the top brought about another count of two for the challenger, but Love halted Kim’s momentum with a power-bomb. However, after trying to use the ropes for leverage on the pin, her response was halted by Hebner.
Kim went for a dropkick, but accidentally knocked down Hebner in the process. As she hurried to check on her unintentional victim, Angelina sneaked in from behind and rolled her up. But with no referee, neither Knockout could win.
Gail attacked with her iconic Eat Defeat move and in turn covered for the win. A stricken Hebner was still unable to make the count, while a ringside Stiffler refused. Love countered, rolling Kim up, with Stiffler this time coming in to make the count.
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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