TNA’s 2010 No Surrender PPV was set to host the two semi finals matches to determine the main event at October’s Bound For Glory PPV event which would decide the new champion for Rob Van Dam’s vacated title. The show was an average TNA pay per view, offering nothing overly exciting, but featuring one outstanding match. Overall the show felt a bit like a filler event on the road to the company’s annual grand gem, Bound For Glory.
Match 1: Motor City Machineguns v. Generation Me (Tag Team Titles)
TNA No Surrender started off with the tag team titles being defended. Originally, the tag team champions, The Motor City Machineguns, were set to face Magnus and Desmond Wolfe, London Brawling. Due to them being unable to make the PPV, Generation Me, a young tag team whose style fits tremendously with that of the champions, were named as the opponents. In a fast paced match the teams exchanged control of the match. The Machineguns employed quick tags to keep the fresh man in the match. Generation Me managed to get the upper hand by singling out Alex Shelley, but he eventually tagged in Sabin who helped turned the tides. Generation Me’s effort was thwarted when the Machineguns won the match with a pin fall. Unlike their previous meeting, when Generation Me shook the champs’ hands after the match, Generation Me attached Shelley and Sabin after the match. Alex Shelley had a seemingly hurt neck during the match and Gen Me DDTed him to the outside of the ring from the ring apron. The EMTs showed up to help, while Sabin fought off the assaulting team.
Winners: Motor City Machine Guns
Match 2: Sabu v. Douglas Williams (X Division Title)
In the first match of the night in the feud between EV 2.0, the group of hardcore stars from the ECW days who were invited and then signed by TNA president Dixie Carter, against Fortune, Ric Flair’s super group, Williams attempted to keep the match style to a ground and pound style that he claims is the new style of the X division, while Sabu took every opportunity to come out with a hardcore style. He introduced a table, which he attempted to use only to have Williams stop him, then a chair which the referee forced him to drop. Sabu, however, not to be denied, used the chair as a catapult for his signature running top rope flip, avoiding disqualification. Williams turned the tides and kept the pressure on Sabu who tried hard to counter several times. At one point Sabu nailed Williams with a modified DDT, and hit several of Sabu’s signature moves on Williams, one of which once again included the use of a chair. Sabu took the fight to the outside where the table was still set up from earlier. Sabu attempted to place Williams on the table and then drop on him from the apron. Williams managed to move sending Sabu flying through the table. Now it was Williams attempting to use the chair only to be stopped by the ref. As the ref went to get rid of the chair, Williams used his X Division belt to knock out, and then pin Sabu to get the victory.
Winner: Douglas Williams
Match 3: Madison Rayne v. Velvet Sky
Madison Rayne and Terra arrived from the back of the arena on a bike, the latter sporting the biker outfit. The Beautiful People entered next and the action started. Madison dominated a majority of the start of the match, going for several unsuccessful pin falls. When Madison disposed of Velvet to the outside, Terra attempted to hit her with the biker helmet, but before she was able to she was assaulted by Angelina Love. Velvet got back in the ring and was able to reverse Madison’s assault, nailing her with a DDT to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Velvet Sky
Match 4: Rhino v. Abyss (Fall Count Anywhere)
Rhino met Abyss in the isle as Abyss was making his way to the ring and the fight started. The two brawled on the outside briefly and then got into the ring. Rhino pulled out some weapons from under the ring. Abyss got back to the outside, and Rhino catapulted himself over the top rope on top of Abyss. The two brawled through the crowd and into the backstage area. They fought backstage for a while, eventually making their way back to ringside, battling in and out of the ring, and up the side of the isle way. Rhino threw Abyss through the stage and then followed Abyss under the stag as the fought in the confines of the under stage area. Cameras lost the competitors temporarily, until Abyss threw Rhino through the wall of the under stage area from inside the stage. In returning to the ringside area, Abyss lifted one of the guard rails from in front of the crowd and brought it in the ring. He attempted to throw Rhino into those rails but Rhino reversed this effort, battling back against the monster. When Rhino attempted to gore Abyss, the monster was able to reverse it on him, planting him on a garbage can which Rhino brought into the ring earlier in the match. Abyss then retrieved his 2X4 with nails weapon he calls Janice and brought it into the ring. As he was setting up to attach Rhino, he was gored. Rhino went for a cover but Abyss kicked out. The two continued the back and forth fight. Rhino waited on Abyss to get up so he can gore him into the rails which Abyss brought in the ring, but Abyss caught Rhino in a black hole slam, and planted him to the mat, following that up with a pin for the win. Abyss stated into the camera that “They are coming on 10/10/10”.
Match 5: Kevin Nash & Sting v. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe
Jarrett demanded that Sting put the bat down at the start of the match, to which Sting obliged. Joe started the match, but quickly tagged in Jarrett who was in the ring getting dominated by Sting and Nash for a good part of the match. Once he was able to get Joe back in the ring legally, Joe launched a full on assault against both Sting and Nash. As Joe battled Nash on the outside, Jarrett grabbed Sting’s bat and entered the ring nailing Sting with it. Joe then got in, not knowing about the bat attack, and placed his signature submission choke hold on Sting who passed out, giving Jeff and Joe the win. On the way out of the ring, Joe grabbed Sting’s bat and carried it out with him.
Winners: Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe
Match 6: Tommy Dreamer v. AJ Styles (I Quit Match)
AJ attempted to sneak attack Dreamer during his entrance to the ring by hiding behind one of the stage structures. Dreamer caught him however and the two battled to ring side. AJ attempted to force Tommy to quit by using various submission holds. When Dreamer wouldn’t quit, AJ took him to the outside where he attempted to put the figure four leg lock in the isle way. Dreamer grabbed one of the isle lights and nailed AJ, turning the momentum of the match. Tommy brought a chair into the ring and the match continued. It went back and forth, with both wrestlers attempting to bring each other down with submissions and intermittent use of weapons. The fight then spilled to the outside where AJ attempted to take out Tommy’s leg by wrapping around a guard rail. He then took Tommy in the ring where he place a figure four on him around the ring post, and then in the center of the ring. At one point AJ attempted to nail Dreamer in the head with a chair but got his leg caught in it instead. This gave Tommy the momentum to reverse the flow of the match and dominate AJ. A fork, one of the weapons that was in the ring, then came into use as the crowd cheered “use that fork!”. AJ however, got to use the fork first by poking Tommy in the eye. The dazed Dreamer was quickly brought down by AJ who, in a very graphic close up began gouging Dreamer’s already busted eye with the fork. After about 30 seconds of enduring this, Tommy unexpectedly uttered the words “I Quit”, giving AJ the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
Match 7: Kurt Angle v. Jeff Hardy (TNA championship semifinals)
The match started in a grounded style where Hardy and Angle tried to feel each other out. Focusing on Hardy’s neck, Angle attempted to keep the match on the ground. Hardy managed to reverse Angle’s ground style and attempted to hit him with the swan dive, which he missed, giving Angel several more minutes of match domination. Angle attempted a pin after a series of suplexes, but Hardy kicked out. Angle looked frustrated and decided to go to the air with a top rope moonsault which he missed. Kurt rolled to the outside where Hardy followed to continue the fight. Hardy hit Angle with a swan dive splash from the top rope as Angle was lying outside the ring. Back in the ring, Angle managed to lock the ankle lock on Hardy, who was able to power out and throw Kurt to the outside. Shortly after, Kurt was able to get back on the offensive in the ring and lock in the ankle lock again. Hardy resisted surrendering for a long time, but eventually the pain was too overbearing and seeing as he could not reach the ropes, Hardy was close to tapping out, when suddenly the bell rang and it was announced that the match time limit expired and the match was a draw. Eric Bishoff made his way to the ring and conversed quickly with Dixie Carter (who was at ring side), then announced that another 5 minutes would be added to the match. Kurt went right back to assaulting Hardy’s ankle. Hardy managed to power out and kick Kurt to the outside. When he returned Hardy looked to go back on the offensive but Kurt quickly countered and hit Hardy with an Angle slam off the top rope. Both wrestlers were winded and slowly got back to their feet. At the 5 second mark, Kurt when for a pin which Hardy kicked out of and the 5 minute overtime period also elapsed with the match not yet being officially decided. Bishoff said that there must be a winner and 5 more minutes would be added for a second overtime. Angle went after Hardy again. The two stars looked exhausted but continued to fight. Hardy was able to lock Angle in a Boston crab as the busted up Angle, bled a major puddle into the center of the ring. Angle managed to counter and locked in the ankle lock again. At the 30 second mark, Hardy was desperately hanging on. He attempted to kick Angle off with no avail. The second overtime period expired. Bishoff came in the ring pointing out that Angle’s profuse bleeding needed to be looked at. As the trainers came in and attended to Angle, Bishoff checked on Hardy. He then announced that due to Angle’s bleeding, he had no choice but to declare the match a no contest.
Winner: No Contest
Match 8: Ken Anderson v. The Pope (TNA championship semifinals)
In the final match of the night, The Pope and Ken Anderson had a tough act to follow, trying to live up to the match the preceded them. Anderson and Pope felt each other out with some grounded moves and attempted roll ups. Both wrestlers attempted to focus on each other’s body parts and weaken each other with submission moves and upper body shots. The Pope went to the top rope where Anderson attempted to suplex him from. The Pope fought off, dropping Anderson crotch first on the top rope. The Pope took the opportunity to nail Anderson with a cross body on the outside from the top rope. The Pope rolled Anderson back in the ring and attempted the DDE which was reversed by Anderson who went for the mic check, and though the Pope countered, Anderson was able to drop him with an alternate slam. The two continued the back and forth, until Anderson successfully hit the Pope with the mic check, but the Pope kicked out. Pope backed Anderson in the corner, and attempted the DDE again, but Anderson dodged and caught Pope with the mic check again, this time gaining the pin fall victory. Anderson thereby planted himself as the only man officially in the main event at Bound for Glory. Anderson picked up one of the Pope’s dollar confetti and made a paper airplane which he then threw at the Pope. Anderson’s microphone lowered from the ceiling and Anderson announced himself as the winner of the match.
Winner: Ken Anderson