Friday, June 17, 2011
Don West greeted everyone at the gate that had field level seating and the Sting VIP package. Don West gave an itinerary of what was about to take place that evening. He stated how there would be plenty of things going on with various superstars signing autographs and taking pictures. He also sold TNA programs mentioning how it was the most important thing to have at the event and announced his famous Brown Bag Special for the night which consisted of a limited edition Sting t-shirt, that he said was only going to be sold at the Memphis show, four dvds and a TNA bag for twenty dollars.
TNA Stars Cookie, Robbie E, Tommy Dreamer, Winter, Matt Morgan, AJ Styles and Eric Young came out of the tunnel to sign autographs on the field.
The rain came down, causing a slight delay. Cool thing about this was everytime lightning would strike, the crowd would go "Woooooo!"
Jeremy Borash along with Rockey the Redbird welcomed everyone to the show.
Opening Match-Eric Young w/ Rockey the Redbird defeated Robbie E w/ Cookie-Hilarious moment during this one as techno music started playing with Robbie E busting out the fist pump and dancing with Cookie. Then, the referee jumped in, grinding on Cookie in the corner while Robbie E was backing it up on Rockey the Redbird, whom he thought was still Cookie. Funny stuff!
Velvet Sky defeated Angelina Love w/ Winter-Referee Earl Hebner called the match and came out rocking his new shirt that said, "Damn right I did!" "You screwed Bret" chants rang throughout AutoZone Park when he was introduced. Earl welcomed their jeers.
Kazarian defeated Matt Hardy-It started back raining towards the end of the match. Hardy had a strong fan base.
Rain delay #2
Tag Team Action
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Devon defeated Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer-Afterwards, Bully Ray was lashing out at Tommy Dreamer for losing the match. Tommy ended up beating up the Bully and sending him out of the ring. An emotional Devon announced that this was Tommy Dreamer's last night with the company and that he was his best friend and if it wasn't for him there would be no Team 3D. Fans chanted, "Thank you, Tommy!"
Legendary Memphis Wrestling Announcer and WMC-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Brown was honored with a special award and received a wonderful round of applause.
Tag Team Action
Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle & “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan defeated “King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett & “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner-Angle made Jarrett tap out with the ankle lock. Didn't think Steiner was going to make it to the ring he was getting so much heat, flipping everyone the bird.
Main Event-World Heavyweight Championship Match
“The Icon” Sting defeated Mr. Anderson-After the match, it was announced that fans would get the incredible opportunity to meet and take a picture with "The Icon" Sting for twenty bucks. Immediately following the announcement, all hell broke loose as the massive fireworks extravaganza erupted and scared the Snitsky out of me.