At the TNA house show in Brooklyn, NY, Rob Van Dam pinned AJ Styles with the Five Star Frog Splash to advance 7 points in the Bound for Glory series, in which the winner receives a TNA World Title opportunity at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view. The loss left AJ bitter, so much so that he refused to shake RVD’s hand, and his disappointment later continued when he and Kurt Angle posed with fans for pictures inside of the ring ($20 per photo).
Styles’s attitude may have been attributed to dropping three matches thus far in the tournament, or it could be directed towards the beloved, care free Rob Van Dam. Since RVD arrived in TNA in March of last year, Styles has been unable to score a victory over “The Whole F’N Show,” having lost his World Title to him, and most recently has been upstaged in regards to who’s headlining Destination X. Originally, AJ Styles was set to headline the pay-per-view against fellow X-Division champion Christopher Daniels, but now, with the unexpected return of Jerry Lynn, Van Dam has stated that he will face off against his famed ECW rival at the same event, claiming, “I was X-Division before there was X-Division.”
AJ Styles knows he’s phenomenal. The split decision with the Brooklyn, NY, fans can attest to that. But despite having achieved the TNA Grand Slam Championship status, he’s still considered, in the eyes of TNA Management, beneath Rob-Van-Dam.
Devon also advanced 7 points in the B4G Tourney after defeating Bully Ray in a Brooklyn Street Fight, involving trash cans, soda cans, and metal trays. With the assist from referee Brian Hebner, Devon connected with the diving headbutt for the finish.
TNA World Champion Mr. Anderson and Kurt Angle met in the night’s main event in a non-title match. While Anderson managed to connect with the Green Bay Plunge, and break away from Angle’s Ankle Lock submission, Anderson fell victim to the Angle Slam.
In other bouts at BaseBrawl, Mickie James successfully defended the Knockouts championship against Angelina Love with Winter … Amazing Red, Eric Young, and Orlando Jordan defeated the team of Robbie E with Cookie, and The British Invasion … Crimson defeated Jeff Jarrett with Red Sky
Other notes from the live show: As a VIP ticket holder, I partook in the meet & greet with some of the TNA stars before the event. The meet & greet had Angelina Love, Winter, Cookie, Orlando Jordan, Amazing Red, Eric Young, Crimson, Robbie E, Douglas Williams, and Brutus Magnus. To which I now have all their autographs in my TNA program (priced $20).
But the highlight of my evening took place moments before the event started when I met TNA Knockouts champion Mickie James (priced $10). She is stunning. Words cannot describe how happy I was in meeting her. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, and meeting her was truly a dream fulfilled. The picture is posted up on the “Meeting the Stars” tab on the homepage.
As for the mythical “Meeting the Stars Backstage” if you are the loudest fan, my friend actually won that pass. She met Mr. Anderson, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, and Mickie James. The backstage treatment allows you to take pictures with them, and get their autographs. She’s lucky because she was sitting right next to me when Jeremy Borash handed her the pass.
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