TNA house show results
February 15, 2013
Huntington, W. Va.
Est. Attendance: 500
The show started right on time at 7:30 p.m. EST.
(1) Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez beat Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan in 11:00. The finish saw Hernandez throw Morgan out of the ring, where he appeared to injure his right knee. While I looked in that direction, Guerrero and Hernandez hit some sort of double-team move on Ryan, allowing Guerrero to get the pinfall.
(2) Knockouts champion Tara beat Velvet Sky in 10:00 to retain the Knockouts Title. Tara won with a roll-up after holding the ropes for leverage. After the match, Velvet beat her down and Tara clumsily stumbled around.
(3) Kurt Angle & Bully Ray beat TV champion Devon & Wes Brisco in 8:00. This was billed as Bully Ray vs. Devon in a singles match, but Kurt Angle came out to plug Change.org/wrestling to restore wrestling to the 2020 Olympics before being jumped by Brisco. Devon came out and they briefly put a double-team beat-down on Angle before Bully Ray ran out to make the save. Angle and Bully challenged Devon and Brisco to a tag match, which they accepted and that started right away. Angle wasn't in all that much and didn't take any bumps as far as I recall.
Next match was Bobby Roode vs. James Storm.
(4) TNA tag champion Bobby Roode beat James Storm in 8:00. Roode won via pinfall after interference from Austin Aries, who left Storm prone for Roode to jump on top for the three count. There was plenty of stalling before the match and Roode made Jeremy Borash say on the house mic that he was going to leave and never wrestle in Huntington again unless the fans showed him respect. Storm then jumped Roode and there was brawling. On the outside, Roode ridiculously took two tubs of popcorn fans and dumped them down Roode's tights before they made it into the ring to start the match.
[ INTERMISSION: Fans were encouraged to meet James Storm, Earl Hebner, and Brian Hebner by the gimmick table up front while the ring crew assembled a steel cage. It was a "tennis court fence" style cage, only with sharp looking blue posts. ]
(5) TNA World Hvt. champion Jeff Hardy beat TNA tag champion Austin Aries in a steel cage in 8:00 to retain the TNA World Title. It was a cage match and it took almost twice as long to assemble the cage during the intermission as it did for the match to unfold. The match could be won by pinfall, submission, or first to escape. After a ref bump, Roode ran into the cage, waylaid Hardy, and helped Aries to the floor. The ref stayed down, though. James Storm then ran out from the back, hit Roode, and threw Aries back through the open cage door. Roode and Storm brawled into a corner of the arena (blocked off to two-thirds capacity), which was distracting since they had a spotlight on them. Back in the cage, they went to the finish, with Hardy hitting Aries with the Twist of Fate and the now-awakened referee counting to three.
Overall, I had a fun time and definitely got my $15 worth of entertainment. It would have cost me more to buy my ticket ahead of time (when you add in Ticketmaster fees) than it did to buy my ticket at the arena box office. The only media promotion I saw/heard for the show was a 20-second reader I came across during WSAZ Sunrise on Friday morning. That doesn't mean it wasn't out there, but I never saw anything for the show and might have outright missed the show had a friend not mentioned last week that TNA was running a show here soon.