As noted, TNA will be re-airing last year’s Slammiversary PPV instead of airing a new episode of Impact Wrestling tonight. Below are complete play-by-play results which we conducted live last year:
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TNA X-Division Championship Ladder Match
It takes about ten minutes for everyone to make their entrances, but Manik is impatient and springboards over the ropes onto Sanada. Steve grabs a ladder, but gets dropkicked off the apron into his tricycle. Tigre Uno flies over the top rope with a twisting corkscrew splash onto everyone – at least two full rotations on that one. Manik and Sanada do a few comedy spots in the ring; sticking in the ropes, dodging each other, etc. Tigre hits a heel kick on the champion and tries for a triple springboard, but Davey Richards catches him. Richards and Edwards hit a step-up enzuigiri into a German suplex, crashing Tigre through a ladder. Crazzy Steve does the airplane spin with a ladder spot – shades of Sabu (?) – but there is literally no one in the ring. He realizes this and starts climbing the ladder instead, but Sanada makes the save. He sets up for the moonsault and splashes Steve through a ladder, as Taz makes the obligatory “Great Muta does that” reference. Tigre Uno is back, and he sets up a ladder between the ropes, connected to the primary ladder int he ring. Eddie takes him off the lader in an elevator drop, and Davey comes off the top rope with a huge assisted backbreaker (looks like he may have busted up his knee on that move). The Wolves climb the ladder and start slugging it out with each other – big pop from the crowd – before turning to headbutts. Sanada returns and does a vertical suplex to Eddie, sending him over the ropes, but Edwards holds on and they both go spilling to the floor. Richards is about to win, but Manik springboards to the ladder, hitting a sunset flip over Davey and powerbombing him into the ladder. Sanada takes advantage of everyone killing each other to climb the ladder and take down the title.
Winner: Sanada (retains)
KILLAM: That was a heck of an opening contest, with several moments where I actually threw my hands up in the air and said “what!?” El Tigre is my favorite guy in the X-Division at the moment, and I was hoping he’d get the win, but Sanada is doing great with his current run, on loan from Japan. Davey and Eddie did what they do best, and inserted some fun tag team manuevers before the inevitable breakdown. Good pacing, great action, and a result I can live with. Hopefully the rest of the night continues to be as solid.
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