Disclaimer: I know this is 2 weeks late but with attending Fatal 4-Way, and then having to catch up on wrestling, things got out of hand. So here it is, Part 2 to Slammiversary The Ups and Downs. A link to Part 1 can be found at the bottom of this post.
Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez
Originally, this card slot was set for The Band to defend the TNA Tag Team Titles against Matt Morgan and a tag team partner of Hulk Hogan’s chosing. But after Hogan forced Matt Morgan into his rematch on the Impact! before Slammiversary, and paired him with the returning Hernandez, Hogan issued Matt Morgan and Hernandez for Slammiversary. Which was a good call because The Band leaves little to be desired.
The match was pretty much a continuation of what took place on Impact! with Hernandez viciously attacking Morgan who put him on the shelf for two months. Hernandez was intentionally disqualified after failing to adhere to the referee’s 5-count.
Abyss vs. Desmond Wolfe w/Chelsea (Monster’s Ball Match)
A Monster’s Ball match seems like a normal Abyss match. For fans to actually appreciate a Monster’s Ball match, it would help if not every match involved foreign objects and blood. As for Desmond Wolfe, he may have been the top guy in ROH but when it comes to extreme matches in TNA he’s simply out-of-place.
Chelsea excepting a barbed-wired teddy bear from Abyss and then turning on Wolfe was a nice twist to Chelsea’s overall character. Now, its only a matter whether or not TNA creative keeps to the story.
Author’s Note: Any of this sound familiar? Well it should, because ECW did this before. And not the original ECW either, but WWE’s ECW. In 2007, Balls Mahoney was enamored with Kelly-Kelly and presented her with a teddy bear. Balls was considered the gentle giant, while The Miz was the celebrity with the good looks.
Jay Lethal vs. AJ Styles
Jay Lethal is quickly making a name for himself as the new rising star of TNA. The Pope, who? TNA seemed to have traded in D’Angelo Dinero for Jay Lethal. While Lethal may not have the charisma of The Pope, he is the best impersonator since Charlie Haas. Taking on the personas of Randy Savage and now Ric Flair, Jay Lethal is becoming a well-known name.
However, having Jay Lethal defeat a guy like Kazarian is one thing, but to defeat AJ Styles? The Pope couldn’t even defeat Styles when it mattered most. Even though Lethal’s win is understandable, as Styles was torn apart with Kazarian becoming buddy-bud with The Nature Boy, and no longer being the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. It’s just a shame that AJ Styles is quickly going downhill as a mid-carder when the better part of 2010 he was the Champion.
The Enigmatic Assholes (Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson) vs. Beer Money (James Storm and Robert Roode)
At Sacrifice, Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson battled one another for the first time since WWE. So how do they become tag team partners at Slammiversary? Charisma. And not from Jeff, but from Mr. Anderson. Anderson knows that he’s an asshole. And simply put, the elderly must think that Jeff, with his face paint, hair colors, and stockings, is an asshole as well.
Many were anticipating Mr. Anderson to turn on Jeff during the match in order to continue their feud, but instead they defeated one of the top tag teams in TNA, Beer Money. Storm and Roode had been discrediting The E.A. for their lack of tag team experience, despite Jeff holding 7 tag team titles with his brother Matt in WWE. With a win over Beer Money, what’s next for The Enigmatic Assholes? Possibly a shot at the TNA Tag Team Titles?
Rob Van Dam vs. Sting (TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Ranked No.1 in TNA’s Top Ten Ranking, Sting had taunted Rob Van Dam by stealing the title on an Impact! prior to Slammiversary and spray painting “Deception” across it. Sting claimed that everything would make sense come Slammiversary, but it didn’t. Fans were left with more questions than before the show even started. It would have been nice to know why Sting is acting the way he is.
Sting claimed that the TNA World title is a deception. Deception from Hogan, Bischoff, and Dixie? Does Sting feel that RVD was deceived by these three to wear the belt in a ploy to boost ratings? That the belt means nothing unless a well-known face is holding the belt?
The match was terribly worked as RVD knocked out Earl Hebner by accident, which allowed Sting to hack away with his bat. And then Jeff Jarrett coming to the rescue? A little pay back for what happened at Sacrifice? Rob Van Dam continues to hold the belt while no one knows why Sting is against the Hogan-Bischoff regime.
Also check out: TNA Slammiversary VIII: The Ups and Downs – Part 1