The folks at TNA Wrestling put on one hell of a show Sunday night as the eighth edition of Hardcore Justice lived up to all the hype.
There were four championship matches and three more thrilling bouts that each awarded 20 points in the Bound for Glory standings. We also witnessed a controversial women's knockout match and an expected appearance from the mysterious gang, Aces and Eights, who showed up in a failed attempt to sabotage the table match between Bully Ray, James Storm, Jeff Hardy and Robbie E.
The highlights of the night belonged to A.J. Styles, who won the ladder match in spectacular fashion, and Austin Aries, who retained the world heavyweight championship despite almost accidentally killing himself with his own championship belt.
Yes, you read that correctly.
It was a riveting night of wrestling action, and if you ordered the pay-per-view, you definitely got your money's worth.
If you held on to your cash, we'll fill you in on all the results below:
|1. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeated Gunner and Kid Kash in a tag team match|
|2. Rob Van Dam defeated Magnus & Mr. Anderson in Falls Count Anywhere match to win 20 points in Bound for Glory standings|
|3. Devon defeated Kazarian in singles match to retain TNA Television Championship|
|4. Madison Rayne defeated Miss Tessmacher in singles match to win TNA Women's Knockout Championship|
|5. Bully Ray defeated James Storm, Jeff Hardy and Robbie E in a table match to win 20 points in BFG standings|
|6. Zema Ion defeated Kenny King in singles match to retain TNA X Division Championship|
|7. A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe in a ladder match to win 20 points in BFG standings|
|8. Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode in singles match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship|
Rob Van Dam delivered some highlights in the Falls Count Anywhere match, and as the folks at Ring Rust Radio pointed out, that revelation shouldn't come as much of a surprise:
Devon defended his TNA Television Championship, but Ryan Shell of DA Sharpshooters was a little surprised by his performance:
Devon...with a spinarooni?? #HardcoreJustice— Ryan Shell (@DAsharpshooters) August 13, 2012
Madison Rayne took the women's knockout championship from Miss Tessmacher, and Wrestling-News.net wasn't exactly happy with the result:
Bully Ray won 20 points in the ladder match, and the official Impact Wrestling Twitter feed couldn't help but take a jab at his New York accent:
After A.J. Styles won the ladder match, Sean Linhares of WrestleEnigma.com made a bold statement that I'm inclined to agree with:
AJ Styles is the most underrated wrestler of the last 10 years.— Sean Linhares (@InnerTube_Sean) August 13, 2012
Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode after a controversial ending to the main event, but wrestling fan T.J. O'Rourke doesn't want to hear any of that fluke talk:
Austin Aries's win was not a fluke, he won, he beat Roode fair and square, ARIES4EVER— TJ O'Rourke (@RawIsWarZone) August 13, 2012
If you disagree, feel free to unleash your rage in the comments section below.