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SHOW RESULTS - 1/24 TNA in Nottingham, U.K.: Steel Cage main event, Aries & Roode vs. Storm & Magnus, Bootcamp

Jan 24, 2013 - 9:01:50 PM
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TNA house show results
January 24, 2013
Nottingham, England
Report by Rob (@Robbie_G_CH), PWTorch correspondent


First thing is the crowd was hot, but few in number. As from similar reports from previous shows, the arena was probably just over half-full, with whole sections empty.

JB took over the reigns of ring announcing from the absent Christy Hemme and worked the crowd well with his ever-present enthusiasm. Some local independent wrestlers were around ringside such as Stixx and L.J. Heron.

(1) TNA Tag Team champions Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez beat Bad Influence (Daniels & Kazarian) to retain the Tag Titles. The crowd was very vocal in support for Chavo, who rubbed this in Daniels's face with a 'Who can get the loudest cheer?' contest to start the match. Bad Influence quickly gained the upper hand with Daniels dominating the in-ring action as Kaz showboated to the crowd with his back to the action. Daniels repeatedly gave Chavo's arm to his partner until Guerrero reversed, allowing Kaz to put Daniels in an armbar, only realizing his error when the champions appeared in front of him. The action continued back and forth until the heels took control again until the eventual hot tag. One highlighted spot was Hernandez holding Kazarian in a suplex while Chavo bounced Daniels's head off all four turnbuckles. Chavo picked up the victory after hitting the frogsplash.

Earl Hebner was introduced to the crowd and there were only a few "You screwed Bret" chants heard. JB then talked up British Boot Camp and brought out the winner of the show, Rockstar Spud, and his fellow competitor, "Party" Marty. Both got good reactions, but Spud took the role of heel.

(2) Rockstar Spud beat Marty Scurll. After a minute of action, Spud got into an argument with Hebner that instigated the "Bret" chant they were looking for. Marty slapped Hebner's hand in a "naughty child" manor and then Hebner revealed his "Yes I Did" t-shirt. The match was very similar to the one they had on the last episode of Bootcamp, with the ending being the same when Spud picked up the pinfall by hooking Marty's trunks.

(3) Blossom Twins beat Gail Kim & Tara with Velvet Sky as special referee. The match was fairly back and forth with some impressive spots such as Tara putting one of the Blossoms in the tarantula. The heels soon started to dominate the match with Tara being very vocal making some hilarious taunts at the twins. The Blossoms picked up the victory after switching places behind Sky's back as Tara and Gail had a falling out. After the match, the Blossoms felt the anger of the defeated heels until Velvet stepped in and took both of them out.

(4) X Division champion Rob Van Dam beat Zema Ion to retain the X Division Title. RVD got a huge crowd reaction. After a back and forth, Zema went to use his hairspray to "straighten up," but the can was taken from him by RVD, who proceeded to do Hebner's "hair" and then random crowd members. RVD hit his signature moves to please the crowd and picked up the victory after hitting the Five-Star Frogsplash leaping over Earl Hebner in the process.

[Intermission]

Austin Aries made his way to the ring to a good crowd reaction while Bobby Roode came to the ring to his old music ("Off The Chain" with lyrics). James Storm then came to the ring to a huge reaction and took to the mic. He said the next match should have been a three-way, but the heels wanted it changed to a tag match. Magnus was then introduced with new intro music and video to another loud hometown reaction.

(5) Magnus & James Storm beat Austin Aries & Bobby Roode. Storm spent the majority of the match in the ring. Aries and Roode were their usual excellent selfs and to keep up with their recent comedy moments. There was a spot where the heels crashed into one another out of the corner, Roode fell first arse-up with Aries falling on him, and then both exited the ring sharply looking disgusted at one another. The match spilled to the outside on one occasion. Storm brought about the end of the match by hitting the Last Call Superkick on Aries - after a previous failed attempt - and then tagged in Magnus, who hit the elbow of the top rope for the pinfall.

After the match, Storm took to the mic again, working the crowd with "Beer" chants. He then proceeded to run into the crowd while the cage started to be put in place for the main event. After posing with fans in various parts of the crowd and spraying lots of beer, Storm and Magnus then made their way to the back with JB taking over microphone duties. Working the crowd, Borash announced that the show was being recorded for Challenge TV to be aired after "Impact Wrestling" on February 10 as part of a special called "Backstage Pass: Nottingham." After doing a couple of laps of the crowd, the cage was finally in place for the "Main Event of the Evening."

The steel cage match was oddly announced as being No DQ. I wasn't sure if you could get disqualified in a cage? Aces & Eights made their way to the ring down the entrance ramp for a change; a fair amount of heat for the two. The arena was then plunged into darkness and exploded for Kurt Angle's entrance with Sting receiving an even bigger pop, clearly the loudest of the night.

(6) Kurt Angle & Sting beat Aces & Eights (TV champion Devon & D.O.C.) in a Steel Cage No DQ match. Mike Knox took out Angle from behind as Sting took to the ring two-on-one. Aces soon overpowered Sting as Angle struggled to get into the ring as Knox kept taking him out. Angle eventually made his way into the ring, but after hitting the Angle Slam another masked member of the biker gang hit the ring with hammer in hand to take Angle out. The Olympian kicked out of a pin attempt and after the introduction of a table, Bully Ray hit the ring to a massive reaction to make the save. DOC was eventually put through a table by Sting and Angle who picked up the pin.

Post-match, the heels soon left as the faces stayed in the ring to close the show, Bully took the mic and hailed both Angle and Sting as legends. After working the crowd into a frenzy, they pulled a kid into the ring and gave him a piece of the table, which they all signed. They left the crowd to go home happy.

Overall, the show was solid, but not up to the standard of last year. The Aries/Roode vs. Storm/Magnus match was the match of the night, with Marty vs. Spud claiming second place for me. The rows of empty seats were on obvious reason why TNA won't be returning to Nottingham on next year's tour, favoring Birmingham instead.

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[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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