TNA Destination X Coverage: Aries Comes Up Short

Another crazy New York City crowd, the teaser promo of a new member of the Impact Roster (possibly female star Jessicka Havoc) and a slew of great matches made Destination X 2014 an indication that Impact Wrestling, even in the face of losing their TV contract with Spike, isn’t about to take anything laying down.


TNA Tag Team Champions Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards vs. Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy: A great opening match that proves Matt and Jeff still have plenty of fire together as a tag team. They even nearly won the match after a Matt Side Effect and a Jeff Swanton, but the Wolves were resilient. Later in the match both Hardys got the Wolves in the Ice Pick, but again, the Wolves managed to escape. More a testament to the Hardy’s ability as a tag team than anything else, the reformed tag team went through all of their moves. It was like a video game at times. The Wolves hit their signature maneuvers too, including the Double Stomp and Catapault Side Kick, but the Hardy’s wouldn’t go down either. However, the Powerbomb/Backstabber combination was too nasty to kick out of and allowed the Wolves to put down Matt for the win.

X-Division Qualifier: Zema Ion vs. Manik vs. Low Ki: All three competitors hit trademark moves, but Low Ki got the win with the Ki Crusher in another awesome match from the former X-Division and Tag Team Champion.

X-Division Qualifier: Crazy Steve vs. Sanada vs. Brian Cage: Crazy Steve proved just that and Cage exhibited a ton of strength, but the revamped Sanada got the win with his Tiger Suplex on Steve, who was already weakened after Cage hit a nasty Death Valley Driver variation.

X-Division Qualifier: Samoa Joe vs. Homicide vs. Tigre Uno: Homicide and Uno hit their share of signature moves, but Joe won with a massive Muscle Buster on Homicide to advance in the tournament.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries: Lashley took everything Aries had from multiple Discus Elbows to the Brainbuster. Capitalizing when Aries missed a Suicide Dive on the outside, Lashley put the pieces together back in the ring with a massive Spear to reclaim his title.

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