Jeff Hardy defeated Chris Sabin in the first of four quarter-finals, as the World Title Tournament got underway with a Full Metal Mayhem match in Cincinnati.
The Charismatic Enigma and three times TNA Heavyweight World Champion claimed victory in a gruelling contest, after a spectacular front-flip off the top of a ladder left Sabin unconscious.
In a match that involved tables, chairs, dustbins and anything else the two wrestlers could get their hands on, momentum swung back and forth.
But Hardy struck with his iconic ‘twist of fate’ move before throwing himself from atop the already positioned ladder in the corner of the ring, and crushing down on top of his opponent. Hardy will face either Bobby Roode or James Storm in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere, Roode and Kurt Angle clashed again, as the feud between the pair raged over into a fifth week.
Angle initially took exception to Roode’s staged ‘Hall of Fame’ induction, a week ahead of Bound for Glory – the night he was supposed to receive the honour.
The Olympic Gold medallist proceeded to turn down the invitation, before losing twice to the ‘It Factor’, both matches leaving him requiring medical attention.
And the pair were at it again this week, several times emerging from the dressing rooms to attack each other in the ring, with security required to restrain both men. Austin Aries, Angle’s quarter final tournament opponent next week, also got involved, after warning Kurt to focus his attention on him, and not Roode. Aries and Angle will meet in a ‘submission match’ at the next TNA event.
It was a busy night for Angle, as his close friend Sting revealed the ‘shelving’ of the Main Event Mafia, citing that the group also containing Samoa Joe, Magnus and Rampage Jackson had achieved its aims.
Sting added that with Bully Ray no longer World Champion, and the Aces & Eights on the verge of collapse, it was the right time for the five month return of the Mafia to come to an end. With Angle, Joe and Magnus set to clash in the World Title tournament, it was important that ‘family loyalties’ should not stand in the way.
The Aces & Eights looked set to follow the Mafia’s example and bring their club to an end, if in far less agreeable circumstances, as Garrett Bischoff, Knux and Taz all informed President Bully Ray that they were ‘finished’.
But their actions were revealed to be nothing more than a rouse to allow Ray a surprise attack on Ken Anderson, who had been watching the events unfold at ringside.
Anderson had earlier challenged Ray to a no disqualification match at Turning Point, in Orlando Florida later this month. It remains to be seen whether Anderson will be fit to take part in that event, after this latest attack from his former colleagues.
Gail Kim and Lei’d Tapa interrupted a supposed ‘number one contenders match’ between Velvet Sky, Brooke Tessmacher and ODB – claiming that none of them were good enough to challenge for her World Title. She offered an open challenge to any woman outside of the TNA Company, informing them that if they could beat her, they would receive a World Title shot.
Bad Influence duo Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian combined to win a tag team match against Eric Young and Joseph Park. It was a match the latter duo had been in control of, until Daniels threw an apple martini into the face of Park, and allowed Kazarian to get the pin.
And finally, Ethan Carter III made it five victories in succession as he defeated Dewey Barnes for the second time. Barnes and Norv Fernum are the only wrestlers he has faced so far.
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