Ross and Marshall Von Erich, the two sons of the famous Kevin Von Erich, made their television debut at TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view, combining to defeat the team of Jessie Godderz and DJ Zema Ion.
After Ross and Marshall had been accompanied to the ring by their father, the Bro Mans emerged, with Jessie cutting a promo on the way to the ring. He talked down about the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Cowboys and the Von Erich’s, immediately turning the crowd against them.
They proceeded to attack Ross and Marshall from behind to kick off the match.
Marshall, wrestling barefoot like his father, worked on Jessie and then Zema, calling for ‘The Claw’ – a submission hold made famous by Kevin – but the Bro Mans turned it around with some double teaming in the corner.
Zema continued the Bro Mans momentum by landing a two count on Marshall and knocking Ross off the apron. Marshall fought back with a big power-slam before tagging in his partner, allowing Ross to hit with a pair of dropkicks. Ross clambered to the top rope, but Jessie pushed him to the floor while Zema attacked.
Fans offered a supportive chant for the Von Erich’s, who were by this stage firmly on the back-foot – Zema landing a two count on Ross before Jessie hit with a dropkick.
However, Jessie missed with a follow-up leg drop and was forced to block a sunset flip. Zema and Marshall tagged in, with the latter unloading a huge dropkick.
Jessie grabbed a chair from under the ring, but Ross dropkicked him out of the ring. Zema attacked Ross with a jawbreaker, but he was then taken out by a Marshall clothesline.
The Von Erich’s double teamed Zema, with Marshall landing a moonsault for an attempted pin – only for Jessie to hit him from behind with the chair and earn the disqualification.
After the bell, Kevin came to the ring and quickly chased off Jessie. He then applied ‘The Claw’ on Zema, earning one of the biggest roars of approval of the night from the Dallas crowd. Fans chanted “you still got it” as Kevin posed in the ring with his sons.
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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