The 2011 TNA Destination X pay-per-view opens with a promo video for tonight’s event. A promo for Abyss vs. Brian Kendrick has an “art of war” theme. We’re live from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida as the pyro goes off. Mike Tenay welcomes us to Destination X and hypes tonight’s matches. Tenay is joined by Jeremy Borash on commentary. Tenay says tonight we celebrate the past, present and future of the X Division. He says Taz is on assignment tonight and will return on Thursday. Borash and Tenay talk more about the X Division before we go to the six-sided ring.
Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe
Christy Hemme is doing introductions in the six-sided ring as Kazarian makes his way out for the first match. His opponent Samoa Joe is out next. The bell rings and they go right at it. Lots of back and forth, fast action. Joe goes for a choke and Kaz slides out of the ring. Joe goes to dive through the ropes but Kaz slides back in the ring. Joe finally connects with a clothesline on the floor and the crowd is hot for the opener. Kaz fights back on the floor but Joe stops him. Kaz leaps off the apron but Joe moves. Joe brings it back in the ring and Kaz starts stomping on him. Joe rams Kaz back in the corner and kicks him in the head. Joe catches Kaz in the air and hits him with an atomic drop and a clothesline for 2. Kaz starts to make a comeback with right hands but Joe runs right over him.
Joe takes Kaz to the mat and lays him down with a big kick to the face. Joe with a knee drop and another 2 count. Joe goes for a choke but Kaz counters it. Joe comes right back with a clothesline. Joe takes Kaz to the top and hits him with a big chop. Joe goes for the Musclebuster but Kaz block it. Kaz springboards in with a dropkick. They get up and trade several forearm shots. Joe connects with a series but Kaz slams him. Kaz springboards off the second rope with a leg drop. Kaz with a springboard tornado DDT now and a 2 count.
Kaz ends up on the apron and fights himself in with a slingshot DDT for a 2 count. Joe counters with an elbow and goes to the second rope. Kaz kicks him in the head. Kaz climbs up top with Joe but Joe knocks him to the apron. Joe catches Kaz in the head with a kick. Kaz goes to the floor but Joe runs and dives through the ropes, hitting him in the head with an elbow. Both go down on the floor. Back in the ring and Joe slaps Kaz hard in the back. Kaz counters a powerbomb but Joe counters that and powerbombs him for a 2 count. Joe rolls right into the STF, looking for a submission win.
Kaz bites Joe’s finger to break the hold and dropkicks him to the corner. Kaz charges in the corner but Joe catches him in the air and slams him down. Lots of Joe chants from the crowd. Joe goes for the choke hold again and takes Kaz to the mat. Joe applies the scissors to lock the hold in. Kaz finally makes it to the ropes and the hold is broken. Joe doesn’t break the hold at first and pushes Earl Hebner off. Hebner and Joe argue now. Kaz recovers and almost gets in a choke again. Kaz drops down and rolls Joe up for the pin and the win, out of nowhere.
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