Coverage from Thursday's Destination X IMPACT | NEW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Sabin! - PAGE 3
Check out results, footage and photos from Thursday's huge Destination X IMPACT special on SpikeTV - as Chris Sabin made history and became the NEW World Heavyweight Champion by beating Bully Ray of the Aces and Eights! Plus, qualifying matches were held to crown a new X Division Champion, Austin Aries battled Bobby Roode in a Bound For Glory Series match and much more!
FULL RESULTS FROM IMPACT:
It was the night that Impact fans and stars alike have been waiting for - Destination X. Featuring the past, present, and future of the X-Division vying for a chance at Championship gold, two former rivals turned partners locking up in a Bound For Glory series encounter, and the dream come true title shot for Chris Sabin, all eyes were on Spike TV for Impact!
- Bound For Glory Series: Austin Aries pinned Bobby Roode
- X-Division Championship Qualifier: Sonjay Dutt defeated Petey Williams and Homicide
- X-Division Championship Qualifier: Manik defeated Chavo Guerrero and Kenny King
- X-Division Qualifier: Greg Marasciulo defeated Rubix and Rockstar Spud
- Chris Sabin defeated Bully Ray to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
The World Champion Bully Ray began the night with some words about Chris Sabin and all the attention he's been receiving online. According to the President of Aces and Eights, Sabin has no chance against the self-proclaimed "most hated man in pro wrestling". At this point, Bully found himself confronted by his wife, Brooke Hogan. Mrs. Ray urged her husband to settle down and grant her a divorce, but it was to no avail. The champ refused to end their marriage and this brought out her father, Hulk.
Hulk Hogan arrives to defend his daughter's honor. Over the roar of the crowd, Hogan declares that "enough is enough" and tries to leave with Brooke by his side, but Bully won't let them go in peace. He reminds the Hogans that he refuses to lose his belt or his marriage and there's nothing anyone can do about it.
Suddenly, Kurt Angle and the Main Event Mafia appear on the big screen. There are some things that can be done about it, but the Mafia assure the champion that his battle with Chris Sabin tonight will be a fair one. They'll make sure of it.
In a match that has had people buzzing all week, Austin Aries took on partner Bobby Roode in a Bound For Glory Series match. Both Roode and Aries know the taste of World Championship glory and pulled out all the stops because of it. In an amazing encounter, it was Aries picking up seven points by pinning Roode down for three. After the disappointing loss, Bobby took his aggression out on the broadcast table, sending Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay running for cover.
Our first of three big "X-Division Past, Present, and Future encounters", it was three of TNA's classic X-Division stars squaring off with Petey Williams vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Homicide. At any moment, any of these men could have scored a victory. But the night was right for Sonjay as he came crashing down on Homicide with both feet for the win. Dutt moves on to next week's three way battle for the X-Division Title.
We learned our second member of that three way match in our next X-Division qualifier. Chavo Guerrero, Manik, and Kenny King squared off in a showdown that saw some amazing moments from three of TNA's finest. King seemed poised to take that spot but was stunned by Manik, who landed two knees to his stomach, and had his hand raised in victory.
The Main Event Mafia then took to the ring and called out Aces and Eights. Samoa Joe, Magnus, Kurt Angle, Sting, and Rampage called for the outlaws to join them in the ring. Rather than do that, Vice President Mr. Anderson showed up on the screen and changed the location. He invited the Mafia to fight them in the parking lot. When they did, they were ambushed and Kurt Angle was tossed into the back of a truck by Bully Ray. The champ gave it two hits with his palm and it sped off.
The X-Division future followed this with Rockstar Spud vs. Rubix vs. Greg Marascuilo. All three eccentric stars showed why they were chosen for this prestigious match with some breath-taking, high flying moments. Quick hits and near wins were on the agenda from start to finish. In the end, Marascuilo surprised Spud for the win.
Showing that you can't keep an Olympic Gold Medalist down, the Aces and Eight's pick-up truck returned…with Kurt Angle driving! Kurt, looking worse for wear, ran back into the arena to join his partners.
Knockout Champion Mickie James took center-ring next. Mickie discussed her favorite topic - Mickie. After showing us footage of her, admittedly great, musical performance in Music City, the "confident" champion found herself interrupted by #1 Contender Gail Kim. Gail points out that she was the one who made history last week with a ladder, not James. The war of words gets heated until M.J. tried to sneak a slap in. Kim ducked and returned with a slap of her own. And with that, well, it was on. Both Knockouts went at it tooth and nail until the referees managed to separate them.
Announced for next week: AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy in a Bound For Glory Series match, Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Greg Marascuilo to crown a new X-Division Champion.
When we arrived at our main event, the stage was set. Perennial underdog Chris Sabin finally had his shot against big bad Bully Ray for the World Heavyweight Champion. Luckily, the Main Event Mafia was there to provide backup against Ray's Aces and Eights, but that only solved half the problem. Chris had to find a way to overcome the dominant Champion. It was difficult, though, as Bully focused intensely on Sabin's previously injured knee, leaving him prone and vulnerable. He took off Chris's knee pad and seemed intent on ending more than just his championship aspirations. While Aces and Eights and Main Event Mafia were separate for most of the match, their aggression eventually boiled over. After Anderson handed Bully Ray a hammer, all hell broke loose. Both groups battled each other to the back, leaving the champ and challenger in the ring.
But still, Bully had a hammer and came out Chris Sabin with it…
…and missed! Sabin kicked the champ in the midsection, the hammer fell, and Chris grabbed it.
Ray quickly recovered, though, and attempted to hit a Bully Bomb for the big finish. But, on his way up, Sabin brought the hammer crashing down on the champ's head. Three seconds later, we had a new World Heavyweight Champion.
Yes. After ten years with TNA Wrestling and two years clawing back from injury, Chris Sabin has achieved his dream. He is your new TNA World Champion. The jubilant arena hails Sabin as we close the show.