Ethan Carter III, Zema Ion, Chavo Guerrero and Gunner claimed the four available briefcases as the Feast or Fired match made its first appearance on TNA in four years.
With a World Title shot, a World Tag Team Title shot, an X Division Title shot and a Pink Slip (resulting in instant termination of a recipients TNA contract) available, a multitude of wrestlers fought over four cases, not knowing which prize lay inside.
Former World Champions James Storm, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin and Samoa Joe were also amongst those putting their careers on the line, along with Hernandez, Curry Man, Dewey Barnes and Norv Fernum.
Mr. Anderson was also due to compete in the match, but he was attacked by Bully Ray ahead of the contest, with the former Aces & Eights President pile-driving his past friend and colleague onto the floor at the top of the ramp.
The results of the match will be revealed next week at Final Resolution. EC3, Aries and Sabin were all late entrants into the match. The undefeated Carter initially challenged TNA’s social media guru Jeremy Borash, but was confronted by Sting ahead of his proposed bout. The Icon told the nephew of company owner Dixie that he needed to stop taking advantage of his privileged background and take on a real challenge: offering Carter the choice of facing him one on one, or entering Feast or Fired.
Aries and Sabin had already fought each other earlier in the evening, with Aries winning the X Division Title from Sabin. The latter attempted to use girlfriend Velvet Sky to distract his opponent, as he did when he won the title at Bound for Glory, but this time his underhanded tactics backfired and he was on the receiving end of a spectacular match-ending brain-buster move. Following the match, both men decided to enter Feast or Fired.
The twelve-man brawl started in bizarre fashion as, upon the sounding of the bell, Curry Man – once the receiver of the Pink Slip – decided against competing, and walked out.
Things soon heated up as a mass brawl broke out at the bottom of the ramp just outside of the ring. Ever the opportunist, last man in the ring EC3 spotted his chance to take advantage of the situation, scrambling up the most distant of four poles positioned in each corner of the ring, and removing briefcase three before anyone else could reach him.
Fernum and Barnes almost sprung a huge upset as they clambered to within inches of claiming case two, only for Ion to haul both off the ropes and take the prize for himself.
Sabin gained a measure of revenge for his X Division defeat as he grabbed Aries by the ankle and prevented him reaching case four, which was instead grabbed by Guerrero. Samoa Joe had been battling Guerrero, only for him to escape and, with a little help from tag team partner Hernandez, sprung to the top rope.
Joe was again involved as he battled Storm for the last remaining case. The Cowboy looked like he’d done enough when he pulled off his last call super-kick on the Samoan to send him tumbling off the ropes and onto the floor, but just as he reached for the case, Gunner pulled him back down, clambered over his tag team partner and supposed close friend, and took the prize for himself.
It was a dramatic conclusion that marks the latest in a series of controversies between Storm and Gunner. Three weeks ago the latter threw in the towel to halt the Cowboy’s match with Bobby Roode, a fortnight ago Storm accused his partner of failing to come to his rescue in a four-way tag team match, before last week Gunner got the pair disqualified from a bout against the Bro Mans.
Elsewhere, Jeff Hardy and Magnus – who go head to head for the World Title next week – learnt that they will be battling in a mysterious Dixieland match. While Eric Young revealed his belief that Joseph Park is in fact Abyss, following the pair’s tag team victory over Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.
Also next week, Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode will renew their rivalry when they compete in a two out of three falls match, while Gail Kim and Lei’d Tapa will face a tag team match against ODB and the returning Madison Rayne.
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